Pros and cons to air drying clothes

by Donny on June 20, 2012

A few summers ago, I remember walking out of the gym and as I was leaving, I heard a girl asking how much it costs to use a tanning booth. Really? It’s summer. It’s Texas. Just go outside for a few minutes and you’ll be plenty tanned. Not to mention, it’s a healthier and much cheaper way of going about the process.

Looking back on that got me thinking. What do I do that others might point to a perfectly logical solution instead to save money? Then it hit me: laundry. Why don’t I hang my clothes instead of putting them in the dryer? Sure it’s quicker but I could hang the clothes before I go to work and they’d be plenty dry by the time I get home.

However, unfortunately there are some negative aspects to air drying clothes. We are so often pressed for time that we can’t afford to wait. So naturally, I began weighing the pros and cons of hanging the laundry and came up with the following:


•    It helps save money on electricity

•    Clothes are less likely to fade in the dryer

•    Your clothes are less likely to shrink

•    It give your clothes a fresh smell that many people love


•    Time isn’t always on your side

•    Your clothes may turn out stiff and uncomfortable

•    If it rains or snows, you’re pretty much out of luck

•    Pollen, birds and other factors can dirty up your clothes after having just been washed

•    Hanging clothes inside is just not a valid option

So these are just a few examples of pros and cons to air-drying your clothes. If you have any more suggestions, we’d love to hear what you might have to say, so leave a comment with your thoughts. Granted, it’s a little different from the tanning example. I just don’t see any cons to tanning outside as opposed to using a tanning booth.

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